FROM vocal coaching to directing, Nasine van Rensburg is a-jack-of-all trades when it comes to the world of performing arts.
As founder of the community-based theatre group, East London Performing Arts Company (ELPAC), Van Rensburg has contributed something magical to the theatre community of East London.
She hopes to continue the magic in the revamped Ooh La Lesque show, for which auditions will be held on Saturday.
Founded in April last year, ELPAC has received fantastic responses and a great deal of support. After only running for 10 months, ELPAC has put on two very successful shows, namely Now That’s What I Call Broadway and Ooh La Lesque, both held at the Arts Theatre last year.
“I think we’ve done extremely well for the short amount of time we’ve been around. ELPAC produces something new and different and both of our shows were pretty much always sold out. With Ooh La Lesque we had people coming back a second time to watch it” she said.
Van Rensburg started ELPAC in an effort to showcase the variety of talented artists that often go unnoticed in the East London theatre community.
“The casting for our shows is done based on talent, not on experience or popularity,” Van Rensburg said.
“We have had a couple of sponsors, but I’ve funded most of the shows on my own, which is a massive risk, but the performers and the community of East London deserve it,” she said.
The surprising success of Ooh La Lesque led to the decision to revamp the show and perform it for a second time in April.
“I’ve always found Burlesque to be such an elegant art form, but I knew it would be a massive risk to try and put on a burlesque show in East London,” Van Rensburg said.
“The response was overwhelming, I thought that because the show was something so different to what the East London theatre community is used to, we wouldn’t be as successful as our first show.”
Burlesque is often deemed as “inappropriate” and Van Rensburg agrees that there was definitely a fine line between sleazy and sophisticated when it came to this dance form.
“I have tried to create something elegant and classy, because I believe that burlesque can be such an empowering art form.
“It has taught me to love my curves and to be confident in who I am.”
Her love of Burlesque and the success of Ooh La Lesque have also led her to start weekly Burlesque dance classes for women.
Auditions will be held on Saturday at 12pm at Sharon’s Art School. The show is scheduled for April 7 and 8 at the Art’s Theatre. For more information contact Van Rensburg on 083-314-5134.